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March 29, 2009

"dramatist's toolbox" class wraps up

by sven at 7:40 pm

instructor Matt Zrebski

When my friend Kristen mentioned that she was going to take a playwriting class, I felt a sudden, powerful wave of envy. I want to take that class too!

If I were being good, the time probably ought to have gone toward completing Let Sleeping Gods Lie. But for the past year I’ve obsessively studied books about how to create stories for stage, screen, and literary publication… The opportunity to put theory into practice was just too good to miss.

So I signed up for director/playwright Matt Zrebski's “Dramatist's Toolbox” class, offered through Portland Center Stage’s GreenHouse program. For eight weeks, from January 31 to March 21, we gathered on the third floor of the Armory each Saturday morning at 9:00AM… And I had a blast!

Each week we had to write a 10-minute play. My first few attempts didn't quite gel… But by the end, I had four that satisfied me as being complete, coherent pieces.

Last weekend was the final class. As a means of bringing the experience to closure, I'm putting my plays into booklet format. I'll be giving them away as freebies to blog readers in the near future -- stay tuned!

Matt teaches a sequence of three classes: "Dramatist's Toolbox," "Play Sculpture," and "Play Tuning." If you're interested in getting theatrical ink onto paper, I recommend them. Matt's fun, his classes are affordable, and he doesn't waste any time getting you into motion. Hurry -- his next class begins April 6!

posted by sven | March 29, 2009 7:40 PM | categories: classes & workshops